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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-21-2013 01:25 AM 2221 views 18 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have these chestnut logs and not all of it will be turned so I wanted to cut some into boards. Running an irregular log through a band saw is asking for problems with it turning and binding the blade so I thought I should slide it through on a sled where the log is fixed and cannot turn and it does not touch the table for the first cut. So I made this simple sled with an angle piece on the front and back that is screwed to the log to control it.

I used a 1/4×10 pitch blade and it worked pretty good. After the first cut, I slid it on the cut side so I knew it would not turn. I just steered it down the line. I continued until it was square and then cut 5 board from the log.

Now I have some other logs that I’ll fit the sled to and do it again. I leave the back board fixed and just relocate the front one to fit the length of the new log.

This log was not too wide so I could actually slide the slde the sled along the fence for a straight line on the first cut.

It is made out of maple plywood a screwed and glued together. It is a pretty simple build but it was safe.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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kiefer

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#1 posted 07-21-2013 01:38 AM

Nice I have to make one .
Easy build on this one ,works for me .

-- Kiefer 松

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Rustic

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#2 posted 07-21-2013 02:48 AM

Nice work Jim I need to make one now too.

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 07-21-2013 03:13 AM

I’ve been meaning to make one of these for a few years now. Thanks for the inspiration, Jim : )
That Chestnut looks pretty awesome .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 07-21-2013 03:23 AM

Thanks, guys. Go for it. I have a Grizzly G0555 saw and it just had enough power with a 1/4” blade for cutting this size log and this was brand new blade. I don’t know if it would cut a 11” or 12” one.
The one thing that is important is that the nice flat sled is running across the table in a straight line rather than the gnarly bark with stubs from branches and the like to catch and kick you sideways.
It is a good board maker!!
..............Good night!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 07-21-2013 03:35 AM

If I read it correctly, you said you’re using a 10tpi blade ? If that is the case, you will have better cutting action with fewer teeth per inch. I’m running an Olson 1/2” blade with 3tpi on my JET BS and it cuts like a dream : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 07-21-2013 03:58 AM

Jim, do you use screws to hold the log in place?

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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Grumpy

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#7 posted 07-21-2013 04:15 AM

Another good Jig. Well done Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 07-21-2013 04:46 AM

Man… I am envious of your bandsaw. My poor little guy won’t even resaw a 3/4” x 4” board.

Nice sled.

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 07-21-2013 04:49 AM

Very good!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#10 posted 07-21-2013 08:17 AM

Great! Gives me some ideas.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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Eagle1

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#11 posted 07-21-2013 10:41 AM

looks like a idea that I might have to try somethime..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 07-21-2013 11:25 AM

Thanks, I’m glad you all like it. I was going to build something more elaborate but thought this might work and it just scrap wood.
Aloa, Larry!..........yes I used three screws in each end to keep it in place and it works real well for that.

Hi Dusty. You’re right on that coarser blade. I have a 3/4 – 3 resaw blade but I was too lazy to put it on for just this one job. The 1/4-10 is my standard and I cut a bunch of corian right after that and I did not want to spend the time for change overs.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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steliart

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#13 posted 07-21-2013 01:12 PM

simple, nice and straight to the point

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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#14 posted 07-21-2013 01:16 PM

Nice, simple and safe solution—congratulations!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#15 posted 07-21-2013 01:25 PM

Jim, I too have seen more elaborate resaw fixtures and have thought of making one but this idea of yours looks like it would work well. did you run it against your rip fence or just eyeball it? I notice that your miter gauge slot is on the right side of the table. Great idea!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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